Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Basic skin histology

Topic Completed: 1 August 2010

Revised: 2 April 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Skin non-tumor

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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Cite this page: Hamodat M Basic Skin Histology. website. Accessed January 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Protects deeper tissues from injury, drying and invasion by foreign organisms (Eur J Dermatol 2002;12:390)
  • Has important role in thermoregulation, limited role in excretion and absorption
  • Absorbs ultraviolet light
  • Has cosmetic function
  • Metabolizes vitamin D
  • Has epidermis (cuticle) containing adnexae, underlying dermis and subcutis
  • Contains peripheral endings of sensory nerves
  • Also called integument
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Thickened skin


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